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February is the shortest month of the year, but it is full of love, color and history. We celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14th, to shower those we love with gifts and attention. February’s birthstone is Amethyst, a beautiful purple stone that has been admired for generations. All over the world, this stone is worn and appreciated not only for its luster, but for its history and in some cases its healing powers.

The stone gets its name from ancient Greek. In ancient Greek, the word “amethustos” is translated to sober. It is believed that if one wears an amethyst while drinking, the stone will prevent them from getting a hangover or excessively drunk. It will help keep a clear mind, while enjoying drinking alcohol. Furthermore, in ancient Egypt, the stone’s zodiac symbol was a goat, which was considered to be the enemy of vines, making the stone be the cure or the antidote for wine. Good thing to know for next time you decide to indulge in an adult beverage.

Since we started talking about Valentine’s Day, it might be of some interest to mention that there’s a legend saying that Saint Valentine used to wear a ring with an image of himself carved out of an Amethyst. Was he in love with himself or the ring, or maybe both?

Amethyst is the stone of the sixth wedding anniversary, so if that’s the one that is coming up, now you know what you need to get!

In myths, legends and stories throughout history, there’s nothing but positive outcomes that come out of having an amethyst near. Not only is it said to control evil thoughts and help soldiers in battle, if the crystal is properly placed in the household or business, it may bring wealth and help improve business prospects, by guiding businessman and businesswoman towards profitable decisions.

Spiritually the stone can also do wonders. It helps with finding internal balance, which in turn brings on calmness and clear-mind. This helps a person look into this world with a more positive outlook, happiness, be more confident and self-assure, which again helps them make correct and better overall decisions.

Amethyst is cleansing, both physically and psychologically. It promotes internal balance and harmony and brings stability to the individual. Amethysts are capable of raising ones spirits, promoting self assurance and confidence. They brighten the outlook on life and enhance the sense of humor. The virtues of amethyst include beauty, calm, fulfillment, humility, a loving demeanor, perfection, piety, sincerity, spiritual balance, tranquility and wisdom. Amethyst is often worn during contemplation or placed on simple meditation altars. It is worn during psychic acts and since it is a stone of wisdom, it allows the information received through the psychic mind to be appropriately utilized. The stone also helps sharpen the conscious mind and enhances the mental powers. It is used to improve memory and keeps thoughts in line with life goals. It is a stone of pure, true, emotional love. It is often exchanged between two lovers to strengthen their commitment. It is also one of the few stones specifically prescribed for men to use for attracting women. It supposedly draws “good women” to love him. The stone is also used by those involved in lawsuits to ensure that right is done. It has been long thought to bring success to businesses.